• Oscar-winning 'Fame' and 'Flashdance' singer/actress Irene Cara dead at 63

    Ron Galella/Ron Galella Collection via Getty ImagesSinger and actress Irene Cara, best known for starring in and singing the title song of the movie Fame, and topping the charts with "Flashdance...What a Feeling," from the movie Flashdance, has died, her publicist announced on social media. She was 63. "It is with profound sadness that on behalf of her family I announce the passing of Irene Cara," Judith A. Moose posted on Cara's official Twitter account. Moose wrote that Cara passed away in her Florida home, and that her cause of death is "currently unknown." "She was a beautifully gifted soul whose legacy will live forever through her music and films," Moose continued, adding that her family has "requested privacy as they process their grief."  A memorial will be planned for a future date. Cara began singing, acting and dancing professionally as a child, appearing on TV and musicals both on and off Broadway. Her early roles included the soap opera Love of Life, the mini-series Roots: The Next Generations and the 1976 cult film Sparkle, in which she portrayed the title character. She shot to fame as Coco Hernandez in the movie Fame, and also sang both singles released from the movie's hit soundtrack: the title theme and "Out Here on My Own."  Both those songs were nominated for Best Original Song at the Academy Awards, marking the first time in history that two songs from the same movie, performed by the same artist, had been nominated in that category. "Fame" won the Oscar. In 1983, Cara co-wrote the title theme for the movie Flashdance. That song, "Flashdance...What a Feeling," topped the Billboard Hot 100 and won her the Oscar and the Golden Globe for Best Original Song, as well as the Grammy for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.  Cara's other acting credits included the films City Heat, D.C. Cab and Certain Fury. She continued to act and record into the 21st century. In 2020, Mariah Carey wrote in her memoir The Meaning of Mariah Carey that Cara was "everything to me," adding, "I related to her multicultural look...her multi-textured hair and, most importantly, her ambition and accomplishments."  Mariah also released her own version of "Out Here on My Own." Copyright © 2022, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

  • Travis Scott to honor Virgil Abloh during Art Basel

    Mauricio Santana/Getty ImagesTravis Scott is one of three headliners tapped to pay tribute to the late Virgil Abloh during Art Basel weekend. Billboard reports the rapper, Skepta and Benji B will headline the inaugural Mirror Mirror Music Festival, taking place December 3 at FPL Solar Amphitheater at Bayfront Park in Miami. Tickets for the Mirror Mirror Music Festival are currently on sale. All profits from the event, produced and curated by Benji B and Virgil Abloh Securities, respectively, will benefit the forthcoming Virgil Abloh Foundation. Virgil, founder of Off-White and the former men’s artistic director of Louis Vuitton, died of cancer in November 2021. He was 41. Copyright © 2022, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

  • Keyshia Cole explains return of gap: "I'm getting in character"

    John Lamparski/Getty ImagesWhen Keyshia Cole stepped onto the music scene with her 2004 debut single "Never," many took notice of her signature tooth gap. She eventually covered it with veneers, but it's back thanks to her role in an upcoming film. Social media users were in a frenzy after Keyshia smiled and showed off her reopened gap to fans watching her Instagram Live. Twitter was flooded with posts assuming the singer was about to release music reminiscent of her early days. "Keyshia Cole brought her gap backkkkk now you know her music bout to be," read one tweet. "Keyshia Cole gap is back," a fan wrote. "hopefully that old K.C. feel of music will follow." It turns out Keyshia is working on a new project, but it's not music. Speaking to The Shaderoom, the singer revealed she brought her gap back for an upcoming biopic about her life. "I’m getting in character," she said in a statement, noting she will play a younger version of herself in the movie. "[W]e start filming in Oakland on the 1st of next month [December]." Keyshia said she got veneers because her teeth were “really small” and she “just wanted to perfect what she didn’t like about" her smile. She contemplated bringing the gap back before the movie came out, adding she "decided to make that jump" when they started filming. The procedure cost more than $8,000, Keyshia added. She has no plans to cover her tooth gap again. Copyright © 2022, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

  • Busta Rhymes talks Takeoff's passing, giving artists their flowers before it's too late

    Johnny Nunez/WireImageBusta Rhymes honored Takeoff with a touching music video for “You Will Never Find Another Me,” but he'd rather give artists their flowers when they're alive to smell them. Discussing Takeoff's tragic death with Billboard, he said he worked with the rapper, Quavo and O.T. Genasis on music while Offset was in jail. When Takeoff passed, he refrained from saying much because he doesn't like to have too "much conversation about anybody during the tragedy." "It almost feels like if the tragedy didn’t happen, we wouldn’t have to talk about our camaraderie," he said. "That’s something that I think we should start changing." "It’s a little f***** up to me that in times of crisis, that’s when we all want to acknowledge the existence and the greatness of the ones, when it’s too late," Busta continued. He added, "I love my Migos brothers, and I love every moment that I had to experience and cherish with Takeoff and the Migos. Super rest in peace to Takeoff, and love and light to his family and loved ones." Elsewhere in the story, Busta gave his "twin sister" Missy Elliott her flowers for the iconic music videos she's done over the years. As someone who's also been praised for his visuals, he says he created them by "thinking outside of whatever was considered the norm." The last video that impressed him was Kendrick Lamar's "The Heart Part 5." "That video was special, and they set a bar for the new generation when it came to the revolutionary visual impact that me and Missy were always successful at executing. The balance of simplicity and complexity in it is so incredibly powerful, and that’s not an easy balance to find...," Busta said. "So visually, I’m giving Kendrick the crown." Copyright © 2022, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.

  • Fetty Wap hosts Thanksgiving giveaway in hometown of Paterson, New Jersey

    Steven Ferdman/Getty Images"Sweet Yamz" is the name of Fetty Wap's latest single, but it also doubles as the name of his recent Thanksgiving giveaway.  Hosted Tuesday in his hometown of Paterson, New Jersey, the Sweet Yamz giveaway — a partnership with Fetty's family, frequent collaborator Monty and Dr. Mills, principal of College Achieve Paterson — provided residents with free food and groceries ahead of turkey day. Hot 97's DJ Drewski, a New Jersey native, was on the 1s and 2s. “I’m very grateful for my fans and for my community because I wouldn’t be where I am without them," Fetty said in a statement. "Giving back, especially in my hometown, is very important to me no matter what the circumstances are. Even though I can’t be there in person, shout-out to every single one of my fans, supporters, and everyone that’s still rocking with me!” The song "Sweet Yamz" dropped Friday. It's a "Zoomix" to the original “Yamz” by Masego and Devin Morrison. Copyright © 2022, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.